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03 November 2008 :: 22:11:58 pm 28155

Ruling PPP: No Intent to Help Ousted Prime Minister Thaksin

BANGKOK, Nov 3 - Thailand‘s ruling People Power Party (PPP) has no plan to request a royal pardon for the country‘s convicted, ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra so that he might avoid facing the consequences of his two-year jail conviction and sentence for his role in relation to a Bangkok land purchase case, acting PPP spokesman said Monday.
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Kudep Saikrachang said he himself disagreed with the idea to seek a royal pardon for Mr. Thaksin, now living with his wife and children in Britain.

“It is up to individual members of Parliament to decide,” Mr. Kuthep said. And then he proceeded to give detailed instructions on how such individual MPs could effect an act of Parliament to bring about such a pardon.

A draft bill must be prepared and then forwarded to Parliament for its consideration if a royal pardon is to be sought, Mr. Kuthep said, adding that Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat had said it is up to each MP to decide. Requesting a royal pardon must also take timing into consideration.

“The party (PPP) hasn’t yet decided to seek a royal pardon for Mr. Thaksin as the prevailing situation (in the country) must also be taken into consideration. It’s impossible to do things for just one person,” said Mr. Kudep.

Asked about his attitude toward Saturday’s gathering of government supporters at a Bangkok stadium to which Mr. Thaksin spoke by telephone, the PPP spokesman said it displayed three things — that the rally was held peacefully, that the people still love Mr. Thaksin and that the people oppose military dictatorship.

Ex-premier Thaksin was ousted in a bloodless coup on Sept 19, 2006 as he was at the United Nations in New York. He remained outside the country in self-imposed exile but returned later to a country increasingly impacted by political maneuverings.

As a series of court cases affecting himself and his wife, Mrs. Pojaman, came to trial and resolution he fled the country after receiving court permission to attend the opening of Olympic Games in Beijing. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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